Chris,Thank you very much for your extremely helpful answer. I'm sorry, but I just have a few more questions, if that's okay, and then I will give you the top rating and an excellent review.
You are very welcome and of course, please ask as much as you need to - this is why I am here. No need to apologize! 1) Is there a way I can find out who the beneficiaries are in my dad’s will and life insurance policy, other than asking him, since he’s not even sure where he is right now? If not, how about after his death?
I am afraid that the answer is no. There is no "central database" for this federally or in the state, and thus, unless you find paperwork that answers the question or the insurance
company volunteers the information (not likely, unless he passes and this would be part of probate), then no. I am sorry.2) Can I challenge my mother’s status as executor of my dad’s estate? How do I go about doing that?
Yes. This would be done by filing a pleading with the PROBATE court to do so. Under CHAPTER 195, Section 11
, "if an executor or administrator who resides out of the commonwealth, having been duly cited by the probate court, neglects to render his accounts and to settle the estate, the probate court may remove him..." and appoint an alternate (i.e. you, for example). So you can do this, but you'd need reason to do so, as in he is not performing he duties, or is performing them wrongly.3) What happens if my mom does not honor the wishes of my dad in his will and life insurance policy?
The life insurance policy simply pays out the money to the beneficiary (whoever that may be), directly. So there is no way that she can really stop that.
As for the will, anyone who interferes may be ordered by the Court to stop, and if executor, removed for good cause.
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